Opinion, By Michael D. Kerlin
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - August 5th begins the five year countdown to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Sadly, the city’s most vulnerable people are following the same countdown, not for the sporting event, but for the return of violence to their neighborhoods.
The Olympic Games and the World Cup in 2014 offer the government an urgent incentive to “pacify” the favelas in the next five years, to avoid global embarrassment. But the key for Rio’s poor is to make peace sustain itself well beyond the big . . .